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COVID-19 death toll in Indiana's state prisons rises to 50

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 15:09:59-05

INDIANAPOLIS — One inmate each at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility and Correctional Industrial Facility in Pendleton have died with COVID-19, increasing the death toll at Indiana's state prisons to 50, according to statistics from the Indiana Department of Correction.

Four state prison staff members and 46 offenders statewide have died with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

According to the IDOC numbers, there have been tests administered to 5,449 staff members with 1,460 positive cases. There have been 14,157 tests administered to inmates with 3,120 positive cases. Currently, 607 inmates are in quarantine, while 240 are in isolation with COVID-19.

To date, 10 inmates have died at New Castle, eight at Plainfield, seven at Miami, six at Westville, four at Pendleton, three at Correctional Industrial and Putnamville, two at Indiana State and Wabash Valley, one at Branchville

The four staff member fatalities included one each at Indiana Women's, Miami, Putnamville and Wabash Valley.

New Castle has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 among inmates with 348, along with 99 staff members.